Daily Top Five: Albums You’re Most Looking Forward to Purchasing

Chris Stapleton TravellerI’ve listened to this phenomenal Chris Stapleton performance from last night’s Late Night with David Letterman at least 8 times so far today. As I watched it last night, I was extremely proud to be a country music fan. If Stapleton represented what mainstream country music predominantly sounded like these days, I could proudly declare that I was a country music fan without all of the clarifications that I currently have to make.

Stapleton’s new album, Traveler, will finally be released on May 5, which can’t come fast enough. So, as a Part 2 to last night’s Daily Top Five discussion of our five most recent music purchases, tonight we’ll ask you what you hope or expect your next five music purchases will be.

Since I’ve already preordered the Stapleton album, these are the top five albums that I’m looking forward to purchasing (in release date order).

1. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color

2. Shelby Lynne, I Can’t Imagine

3. Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde

4. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

5. Darrell Scott, Ten

What albums are you most looking forward to?


  1. Maddie & Tae Start Here
    Kelsea Ballerini The First Time
    Zac Brown Band Jekyll + Hyde
    And if they can get around too releasing a new album, Josh Turner and Gloriana.

  2. Leeann would that be like artists who have yet to announce their albums. Oh speaking of which what’s your opinion on Gloriana Maddie & Tae and Kelsea Ballerini Just curious.

  3. Randy Rodgers & Wade Bowen Hold My Beer
    Chris Stapleton Traveler
    Zane Williams Texas Like That
    Alan Jackson Angels & Alcohol
    George Strait TBD

  4. 1. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind
    2. New Jason Isbell Album (TBD)
    3. Randy Rodgers & Wade, Bowen Hold My Beer
    4. Alan Jackson, Angels & Alcohol
    5. New George Strait Album (TBD)

  5. 1. Maddie and Taes album

    2. The new Zac Brown album

    That’s pretty much it. Any other album will depend on mood and what I might find on ITunes.

  6. Already Pre-ordered
    1. Jekyll + Hyde-Zac Brown Band
    2. Traveller-Chris Stapleton
    3. What Color is Your Sky-Jason Michael Carroll
    Waiting for release
    4. Southernality-A Thousand Horses (June 9)
    5. About to Get Real-Easton Corbin (June 30)
    6. Angels and Alcohol-Alan Jackson (July 17)
    Still Waiting for a release date
    7. George Strait’s new album
    8. Josh Turner’s new album
    9. 35 MPH Town-Toby Keith
    10. Django & Jimmie-Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

  7. The next Merle Haggard solo album (whenever it arrives)
    Django & Jimmie – Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (I suspect that this will be the best album of the year, unless Gene Watson issues a new album

    After that
    About to Get Real – Easton Corbin
    Angels and Alcohol – Alan Jackson

    and after that I’m playing it by ear – probably will get the next Zac Brown and George Strait albums

  8. I haven’t heard much about what Jamey Johnson has upcoming, but him and Kip Moore are probably due for announcements soon. I like everyone’s list, but add Tyler Farr somewhere in there too.

  9. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer Vol. 1
    Zac Brown Band – Jekyll and Hyde
    Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell – Traveling Kind
    Maddie and Tae – Start Here
    Alan Jackson – Angels and Alcohol
    Dean Brody – Gypsy Road
    Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie
    And waiting to hear on news of albums from Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Randy Houser and George Strait.

    There’s also some non-country releases but I’m leaving that out.

  10. I already have The Traveling Kind on preorder and I Can’t Imagine is great (the opening track, “Paper Van Gogh” is stunning), but a few I’m looking forward to:

    1. Chris Stapleton Traveller
    2. Alan Jackson Angles and Alcohol
    3. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Django and Jimmie
    4. Zac Brown Band Jekyll & Hyde
    5. Jason Isbell TBD
    BONUS: Wynonna Judd TBD (Due this summer)

    While I’m excited George Strait has readied the first of the five albums on his current contract with MCA, I’m not optimistic it’ll be anything different from what he’s been doing. I would love to see him stretch artistically and not play to radio so much. He doesn’t have to anymore. I’m still holding out hope he’ll do a Western Swing album before he’s done.

  11. I’d love for Strait to do a western swing album, but I’m fine if he keeps doing what he’s been doing too, because I love it and more of it won’t be a problem for me. As I’ve said before, I’ve come to appreciate him more and more over the years. I’m just glad that 5ive more albums are under contract!

    I’m looking forward to the Merle/Willie and Alan Jackson albums too.

  12. Raymond,

    Josh Turner’s new album was supposed to be March 31th. But its release was put on hold.

    My list is:

    1. Turner’s upcoming album
    2. Alan Jackson’s “Angels and Alcohol”
    3. Eric Church’s future album

  13. Australian husband and wife country duo O’Shea has a new album “The Famine and the Feast” – not available in the U.S. yet. I have their first 2 albums.
    Blue Sky Riders second album due Sept I think.
    Zac Brown Band Jekyll & Hyde

    I see that Leeann would like to see a western swing album from George Strait. Until it happens, I would highly recommend “Now Playing” by the Western Swing Authority, a Canadian group. (I’m not just recommending them because they’re from Canada and my maternal grandmother was born in Newfoundland.) Stacey Lee Guse has become one of my favorite female vocalists and husband Shane Guse is a very good singer imho.

  14. Man though sorry double posting but I just so badly want a Gloriana album with the exception of ZBB LBT and maybe The Band Perry their one of the better country music groups. It’s a shame really cause Gloriana deserves fame more than other artists like oh I don’t know Sam Hunt Cole Swindell Thomas Rhett Raelynn honestly Gloriana looks a lot better than those guys and girl.

  15. CountryKnight you better fight hard for Lay Low to stay on the charts once that’s gone the albums being pushed back. I know I’m gonna fight tooth & nail for Gloriana

  16. 1. Maddie & Tae “Start here”
    2. ZBB “Jekyll + Hyde”
    3. Jason Isbell “Something more than free”
    4. Tyler Farr “Suffer in peace”
    5. Chris Stapleton “Traveler”

    Non-country choice:
    Marianas Trench “Astoria”

  17. CountryKnight just start requesting it at Mediabase stations that should help it and do it fast Lay Low is not looking that good.

  18. Something More Than Free, the new Jason Isbell, will be out on July 17th, so that vaults immediately to the top of my to-buy list. Looking forward to the new albums by Zac Brown Band, Shelby Lynne, Willie & Merle, and Emmylou and Rodney. Though there are a lot more albums than just those five that I’m eagerly anticipating. It’s already been a great year for country albums, and there’s still so much on the way!

    And I love the idea of a Western Swing album by Strait.

  19. Just looking at the calendar:

    4/18 Waylon ’55 – Waylon Jennings [Record Store Day vinyl]
    4/27 Live in Concert – Waylon Jennings [Cracker Barrel exclusive]
    6/2 Currency of Man (The Artist’s Cut) – Melody Gardot
    6/2 Django & Jimmie – Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
    6/9 III – HoneyHoney

    And, of course, whatever George Strait releases, whenever the hell it comes out. I think the only other 2015 new release I’m anticipating for sure is the SPECTRE soundtrack later this year. I only keep up with a few artists these days, and half of them just released new stuff last year or at the end of 2013 so I don’t expect much more this year to interest me.

  20. In no particular order…

    Dean Brody – Gypsy Road
    Easton Corbin – About to Get Real
    Kelsea Ballerini – The First Time

    and many more that I’m awaiting release dates for!

  21. Great news for Easton Corbin fans. I just saw on amazon.com where Easton’s new cd ‘About To Get Real’ will be released on June 30, 2015. Can’t wait.

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